Committees: Archives and Special Collections

Archival Description of Notated Music

A Supplement to Describing Archives: A Content Standard

The MLA Working Group for Archival Description of Notated Music has finalized its second draft of Archival Description of Music Materials, A Supplement to Describing Archives: A Content Standard, which is available at the following URL:

The Working Group is currently determining publication details and expects the supplement to be finalized and published online later in 2018.


The Archives and Special Collections Committee identifies the concerns and interests of music librarians responsible for archives and special collections; advises the MLA membership on best practices for archival appraisal, acquisitions, processing, arrangement, description, preservation, and access; and provides a forum for information exchange and discussion among music archivists and librarians.


Committee Handbook

Archival Resources for Music Librarians 

Working Group for Description of Archival Music Materials

Chair, 2019-2023
Maristella J. Feustle
Member, 2015-2019
John M. Bewley
Member, 2015-2019
Elizabeth Surles
Member, 2017-2021
Sofia Becerra-Licha
Member, 2019-2023
Jane Cross
Member, 2019-2023
Frank Ferko
Member, 2019-2023
Thomas Pease
Member, 2019-2023
Jennifer Wochner


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The Music Library Association is the professional association for music libraries and librarianship in the United States. Founded in 1931, it has an international membership of librarians, musicians, scholars, educators, and members of the book and music trades. Complementing the Association’s national and international activities are eleven regional chapters that carry out its programs on the local level.